Woman of the Century/Rebecca A. Morse

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REBECCA A. MORSE A woman of the century (page 534 crop).jpgREBECCA A. MORSE.

MORSE, Mrs. Rebecca A., club leader, born on Manhattan Island, N. Y., on the Gen. Rutgers estate, in 1821. She is a descendant of the well-known Holland-Dutch family, the Bogerts, one of the pioneer families of New York. She received the educational training usual among the substantial families of those days. She became the wife of Prof. M. Morse in 1853. She was known as a correspondent in New York City for newspapers and magazines in 1846. Her work consisted of notes on society, descriptions of costumes, art notes, art gossip from studios, and similar features of metropolitan life. She wrote under the pen-names "Ruth Moza." "R. A. Kidder" or the initials " R. A. K." In youth she imbibed the principles of the anti-slavery agitators, and she was always the fearless advocate of the colored people. In the home of her sister, Mrs. M. E. Winchester, which was headquarters then for worn in suffragists, Mrs. Morse met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and other leaders. During twenty-five years she has spent her summers in Nantucket, where she has a home. She w as one of the earliest members of Sorosis, and was vice-president for several terms. She has filled other offices in that society. She was one of the originators of the Woman's Congress, and has always been an earnest worker for the advancement of women. She founded the Sorosis of Nantucket. Her residence is in New York City.